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Eli Vidal

Custmer Service Representative, Social work Student

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How can projects like TED contribute to solving the Arab-Israeli conflict?

The last middle east events, known as the "Arab spring" were gratley connected to the digital world, especially social networks which spread the idea and encouraged people to the streets.
Israel is known to be a technological heaven in the middle east, with start ups second only to the United States. How can new digital innovations, like the ones we watch here at Ted, can bring up to the end of the conflict?

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    Nov 10 2011: Perhaps some insight might be gained if one studied the history of India. There were a number of invasions over the centuries which were assimilated instead of being totally rejected with conflict or dominated with conflict. That is not to say there wasn't conflict, but assimilation holds a certain level of respect for both sides, instead of one dominating. Perhaps we could learn from history?
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      Nov 10 2011: We always can and even should learn from history. But India holds a completely different story- there is simply no dispute to whom India now belongs (may be some border issues with Pakistan). Here we have two different nations claiming ownership over one territory, which is much smaller than India (Less than the size of New Jersey ). Assimilation will mean one stronger nation bringing its culture over the other- and that exactly what the Palestinians and Israeli-Arabs are trying to avoid. But speaking about those matters might solve a good and great goal - finally agreeing about somethings, but we need a platform to talk over- a place where we can agree or disagree.
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      Nov 11 2011: QUOTE: "Perhaps some insight might be gained if one studied the history of India. There were a number of invasions over the centuries which were assimilated instead of being totally rejected with conflict or dominated with conflict."

      China has done a similar thing a few times. It assimilated the people who "conquered" it. They now speak Mandarin (Pu Tong Hua) and call themselves "Han."

      It's a good system really.
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        Nov 11 2011: Assimilation is a different word to conquer. It bears the same violent meanings which we do not want at all. The idea is to stop fighting, and start respecting each other's needs and boundaries, which is not easy at all.
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          Nov 11 2011: Yes Eli, assimilation is a different word to conquer. However, it does not necessarily "bear the same violent meanings which we do not want at all."

          Perhaps you missed the point.

          Throughout its history, China has been attacked and "conquered" by several neighbouring nations, however, within a few generations of being "conquered" the conquering-people (their descendants, really) were speaking Mandarin and calling themselves "Han."

          China did not overcome them by violence, the "invaders" simply dissolved into what was already China. It's quite an interesting historical process (and not one without its violence, of course,) but the fact that assimilation overcame attempts at violent annexation is interesting.

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          You might find Marshal Rosenberg's work helpful. Here is a link to his site:

          https://www.cnvc.org/

          His small book, "Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life," is quite good and would probably help you in your work.
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        Nov 12 2011: Thank you I will read it with great interest :-)
        Russia came through a similar process, due to centuries of conquering and being conquered. There are now Turks, Mongolians, Koreans, Ausetins, Dagans, who speak Russian and call themselves "Slavic". But Russia "enjoyed" a long history of brutality and had it masses to loose before it was done. China, one of the earliest nations on earth, also developed upon peace and war together.
        Israel is a young country, with so much violence, it becomes dangerous to bear. There is almost not one signle family who has a relative dead at war. Such assimilation, before it happens, will bring before it so much of a bloodshed that i don't think many will remain alive to enjoy the fruits. The Idea is separation with peace. 2 countries, 2 good neighbors which accept each other as they are and stop the hatred.

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